bringing the world to agreement

Law is public.  Legal truth — a description of where you are and what avenues are open — should be available everywhere, on every screen.

This sounds impossible, but only because we have become accustomed to opacity.  Map software can show you literally where you are and what traffic is on each avenue.  Law should do the same.

While law is public, the specifics of each transaction should be totally private.  It might sound hard to combine public law and private data, but that’s because we have become used to blending them together.  In private we often reference public facts and rules.

CommonAccord is the product of years of simplification.  Technically, it can be described as “graphs” that render relationships into documents, or a “distributed, agile, semantic web.”  Either way, it’s info that acts the way you think it should.

There is a gap between the demonstration materials here and the ideal described above.  But the gap is bridgeable.

Our goal is trusted repositories of excellent legal text that render into first-class documents.  Eliminating legal opacity.

If you would like to use, contribute, or encourage, please post a comment, connect on LinkedIn (jameshazard), follow on Twitter or contact one of the many people who have helped and encouraged.

See the Blog.


jim at commonaccord dot com.
Interview at: SlashDot
ALM Law Technology News: ALM Law Technology News*
Marc Lauritsen’s piece on reinvention vs reuse: ALM Law Technology News*

A universal NDA

Drafting a new document
An “object” for a Series AA investment by Y Combinator in Acme (fictive), based on objects for the closing documents and persons.
Other documents.
Putting the ABA Model Stock Purchase Agreement in both Mediawiki and Lun formats.  Because of the background of this document, it is an excellent base for a general codification of contract.

We thank the Shuttleworth Foundation for its generous grant to CommonAccord.

Shuttleworth Funded